I was explaining to a friend recently how the condition of your skin and hair reflects the health of your organs. Often if someone has hair or skin problems they try and treat the symptoms rather than the true cause. However the condition of someone's skin and hair gives vital clues as to their inner health and how to restore it.
So what can you tell about someones health from their appearance?
Here are some of the more common conditions and some of the possible causes:
Bags/puffiness under the eyes - poor liver or kidney function, mineral imbalance, underactive thyroid.
Dark circles under the eyes - lack of sleep, exhausted adrenal glands, food intolerances, digestive problems.
Thinning hair/premature hair loss:
hormonal imbalance (high testosterone in men and women), stress/adrenal imbalance, anaemia (low-iron), poor digestion, underactive thyroid.
Spots/acne: hormonal imbalance, diet high in sugar and/or saturated fats, digestive problems, food intolerances, poor immunity.
Psoriasis, eczema - food intolerances (dairy intolerance is common), poor fat metabolism, heavy metal toxicity, compromised digestion, poor liver function, stress.
Brittle/thin nails - low mineral intake, poor digestion.
Cracked lips - B vitamin or vitamin E deficiency.
Pale skin - poor circulation, anaemia (low-iron).
Cold sores, verruccas and warts - all viral infections they may indicate compromised immunity and high stress levels.
Cracked heels, thinning skin or dandruff - low essential fats in diet or poor fat digestion/metabolism, underactive thyroid.
There is quite a range of causes for each condition, but with a little detective work it's usually possible to work out the cause of the condition and then treat the cause rather than just the symptoms.